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World’s First Automobile

The birth of the automobile is often dated back to January 29th, 1886 when German automobile engineer Carl Benz filed patent no. DRP-37435 for an ‘automobile fueled by gas.’ Propelled by an internal combustion engine, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar) was the first automobile designed to generate its own power….

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Travel Secret #1055: The Only Danish Settlement in India

“Tranquebar is a wonderful cultural concoction that has been brewing over hundreds of years – a beautiful mix of languages, cultures, races and religions. Two centuries of Danish heritage can be seen in colonial houses, churches, cemeteries, and most particularly, the Dansborg military fort. In 1620 the Danish East India Company arrived, and announced their supremacy with the construction of the Dansborg Fort. Entry to this…

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Travel Secret #1049: Freestone, A Hidden Gem in California

California-based editor and travel writer Kristen Cashman gets a bit restless when she doesn’t have at least one airplane ticket in her possession. A native of Boston, USA, at age 16 she moved with her mother to Milan, Italy. There she discovered the heightened aliveness that came with being in a foreign culture, and she’s…

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Travel Secret #1047: Why Masterchef Bill Marchetti loves Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

“If you are coming to Delhi and not heading up to the mountains, you are wasting your time. My favourite place in whole of India is Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, is a bustling little market town surrounded by tea plantations and rice fields about 35 km southeast of Dharamsala. Nestled amidst lush green pine forest, Palampur is one of the most scenic hill station…

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